Property offences include:
- Aggravated burglary
- Handling stolen goods
- Criminal damage
These charges are heard in all courts and the penalties differ greatly. Each charge has different elements that the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt to make out the charge. DNA and other forensic evidence is becoming increasingly relied upon by the prosecution. Our Solicitors are highly experienced in analysing briefs of evidence, examining forensic evidence and providing advice on the strength of matters relating to property offences.
It is a crime to deliberately damage or destroy property without the permission of its owner. Property damage offences are also referred to as criminal damage offences. Property damage offences include:
- Arson (damage by fire)
- Defacing property
- Tampering with property
- Threats to damage or destroy property
Theft is intentionally taking someone else’s property and not having any intention of returning it to the rightful owner. Theft-related offences include:
- Obtaining property by deception/Obtaining financial advantage by deception (see fraud)
- Burglary (entering someone else’s land or property intending to steal something, damage property or assault someone)
- Robbery/Armed robbery
- Proceeding, equipped to steal
- Handling stolen goods
- Receiving stolen goods
Burglary relates to the unauthorised entry of a building or part of a building, by a person who has an intention to commit a theft, assault or property damage. Aggravated Burglary involves someone committing a burglary whilst they are armed, or if at the time of entering the building, there was a person present in the building.
Robbery is essentially a theft which is committed by means of an assault. For there to be a robbery a person must steal something and immediately before, or at the time of the theft, assault someone, or put them in fear of being assaulted.
Penalties and compensation orders
Theft and property damage offences carry penalties of imprisonment, community based sanctions and fines. In addition to these penalties, the court may make an order that you pay restitution for the property that was sold, lost or damaged.
If you have been charged with a property related offence please contact one of our specialists at Leanne Warren & Associates immediately on 03 9670 6066.